- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

Actress and activist Rose McGowan penned a scathing op-ed Wednesday slamming a Variety column about Renee Zellweger’s looks, saying the critical piece “reeks of status quo white-male privilege.”

On June 30, Variety’s new film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote, “Renee Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself Has She Become a Different Actress?,” in which he worried whether the new “Bridget Jones” movie would star Ms. Zellweger or “a victim of ‘Invasion of the Face Snatchers.’”

“I hope it turns out to be a movie about a gloriously ordinary person rather than someone who looks like she no longer wants to be who she is,” he wrote.

Ms. McGowan, in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, called Mr. Gleiberman’s remarks “indefensible.”

“Renee Zellweger is a human being, with feelings, with a life, with love and with triumphs and struggles, just like the rest of us,” she wrote. “How dare you use her as a punching bag in your mistaken attempt to make a mark at your new job. How dare you bully a woman who has done nothing but try to entertain people like you. Her crime, according to you, is growing older in a way you don’t approve of. Who are you to approve of anything? What you are doing is vile, damaging, stupid and cruel. It also reeks of status quo white-male privilege.

“You are an active endorser of what is tantamount to harassment and abuse of actresses and women,” she continued. “Here’s some truth: Men like you and the women who sit idly by and say nothing should know that aiding and abetting is a moral crime, and if it were punished in Hollywood, most of you would be in some form of jail.

“I am here to ask you all to put the mirror down and look out at society, because whether you’re aware of it or not, you too are part of society, and by retreating to the standard go-to — silence — you are hurting all of us,” she wrote. “Look at what you’re doing and where you bear responsibility and culpability. Who are you all protecting and why? Who are you helping and why? My interests are bigger than pondering a stranger’s face. My interest is destroying the status quo. My interest as a card-carrying member of society is to STOP the brainwashing Hollywood and the media have for too long gotten away with. The brainwashing that you have long been a friend to and a supporter of.

“You are simply a bully on semiglossy paper,” Ms. McGowan concluded.

Mr. Gleiberman declined to respond to her piece, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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